X-Men Origins: Wolverine - A 20th Century Fox Release
On DVD: September 15th, 2009
Rated PG for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity
Running time: 107 minutes
Gavin Hood (dir.)
David Benioff (screenplay)
Skip Woods (screenplay)
Harry Gregson-Williams (music)
Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine
Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed
Danny Huston as Stryker
Will.i.am as John Wraith
Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox
Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson
Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Photo credit: James Fisher © 20th Century Fox
Our reviews below:
X-Men Origins: Wolverine DVD Review By John C.
*** (out of 4)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a prequel to the X-Men trilogy, following the events that directly lead up to the first film. It tells the story of the Canadian-born Logan (Hugh Jackman), and how he became Wolverine. It also shows some of the other X-Men. All the events that happen in this film are leading up to when they meet Professor Xavier.
Wolverine was, understandably, met with very mixed reviews, as it is a “comic-book” movie in every sense of the word. Some of the action scenes are very over-the-top. But it’s also a fun, fast-paced action film that X-Men fans are going to love. I especially liked the opening credits montage showing all the wars that Wolverine and his brother Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber) fought in. This sequence is very well edited. Overall, I had a lot of fun watching this film.
The DVD is available in one and two-disc DVD sets, as well as a two-disc Blu-Ray set. Some of the special features include commentary tracks with the director and producers, featurettes, and deleted and alternate scenes.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine DVD Review By Erin V.
***1/2 (out of 4)
The story begins in the year 1845 - Northwest Territories, Canada. Young Wolverine, (AKA Jimmy Logan), is about 10 years old. Tragic events happen, in which his powers are revealed, forcing him to run from the law with his older brother, who turns out to be Sabretooth. We then run through an interesting montage of the two of them, (vowing to always stick together), fighting in various wars as time passes, as they are indestructible, so never die. We go from the Civil War, all the way to Viatman. Next, now almost present day, we are shown them both ordered by the government to take part in a raid in Africa where the man in charge of those 'like them' - mutants - is looking for a specific type of metal. When innocent people start getting killed, Wolverine - who insists that he doesn't want to be like a wild animal, despite who he is - decides to quit the army and try to settle down to a normal life. Unfortunately, things aren't going to go as planned, and thus he ends up on the path that eventually brings us to where he is at the beginning of the first X-Men.
Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine well as always, and the rest of the cast is good as well. I found this had pretty much what I would want to see in this kind of film. Sometimes the fight scenes were so unbelievable that they were actually kind of funny to watch, but is that not some of the fun in a film like this? It has a good mix of emotions in the character development, which made it a good backstory to both the original X-Men trilogy, as well as other films with other characters that they featured in here.
For fans of the Marvel films, you will definitely want to see this one. I had a lot of fun with it, despite the fact that it has gotten mixed reviews. If superhero-action movies are your thing, take it for what it is, and you will have a good time.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine DVD Review By Tony
*** (out of 4)
Review Coming Soon!
Consensus: *** (Out of 4)